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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 6, 2011 4:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

Sorry for your loss. I've been there.

It may be a pain to burn to and catalog optical media (DVDs, Blu-Rays), but they have a very long shelf life I've read the best are dependable for 30+ years.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 6, 2011 5:33am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

Thanks, Bill. I told the missus that never again can I trust a hard drive, and will definitely burn files to DVD or CD if I really want to keep them. That and I'll keep a couple of thumb drives handy with some commonly needed files. I did lose a lot of music, photo, video, and text files. Most of my writing for my when-will-it-ever-get-made film project. Oh well, live and learn. Been awake too long. In the immortal words of Tor Johnson, "Time for go to bed."

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Oct 6, 2011 7:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

For the most part, what I download is intended to make dvds with anyway and since I have thousands already, I'm not too worried about any being lost to "wear-and-tear". I'm essentially creating my own personal tv station to say the heck with cable, I've got KRIS-TV for my home. Put what you can on disc and store it that way. It'll be easier to play it on your tv anyway. What's here is best viewed from the couch any time, with or without cookie dough ice cream!

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 6, 2011 8:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

When I first found the Archive, I downloaded about 50 movies at a relative's house (we didn't have cable internet here at the time) and burned DVD-Rs, so I do have those. I will probably need to download about a dozen movies again, but I'm trying to become somewhat less of a hoarder anyway, so a handful of b-movie faves on disc at minimum are enough to keep me happy on the "desert island" in my mind. :)

Say, didn't this same thing happen to Meatpies awhile back? A hard drive crash, that is?

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Oct 7, 2011 12:25am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

Something else occurred to me. Don't throw away the old external drive. Take it with you when you go buy a new one. If you get it at a store like Best Buy, maybe the Geek Squad can transfer the data from the the old one. Might be worth a try to retrieve the personal files you mentioned.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 7, 2011 1:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

Oh, believe me...I'm keeping it.

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Poster: CornyPop Date: Oct 6, 2011 7:09am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

I used to backup to cd's but I've lost cd's from the past that somehow become 'unreadable' on the new computer. I use Seagate externals, and always buy them in pairs - one for the data, one for the backup. I've had them occasionally fail, but never two at the same time. And the new usb3 drives are blazing fast compared to the usb2 versions.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 6, 2011 8:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Hard Drive Failures = Back Up Your Stuff

I do have some files burned to data DVDs, but what bothered me most was the material lost from the past year or two. I do like the USB thumb drives and will get a couple of those too.

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